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surface in a tube, then crewed aboard the ship burn it on the water's surface. the mothers of three american hikers imprisoned in iran leave deed for tehran where they will be reunited with their children. the women say they're overjoyed at the possibility of being able to once again hug their kids but they're worried about returning to the u.s. without them. shane bauer, sarah shourd and john fattal have been held in iran since their arrests near the iraqi border last july. the last of the american missionaries held in haiti is on her way home this morp recognize laura silsby, the group's organizer, was found guilty but sentenced to time already served. she was among the group of missionaries accused of trying to smul angle children out of hate doctor. she could be home in boise, idaho, today where a celebration is planned. billy graham's daughter says her 91-year-old father is working on a sermon which could be preached at the carolina panthers football stadium. ruth graham says it could be next year before all the preparations are made. health problems have left graham
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mostly confined to his home over the past few years. the lessons from this story might be, keep an eye on the kids. a 3-year-old girl and her 1-year-old brother entered a store in st. paul where cameras captured the scene. they head to the the candy section and helped themselves. the store owner called police. they arrived at about the same time as the children's parents. they had already alerted the police that their kids were missing. no charges will be filed. >> a little shopping spree there. >> tummy aches were involved after that. >> and questions for the parents. here's a look at your weather. wet along much of the east coast. thunderstorms in jacksonville, new orleans, and houston. hail and gusty winds from denver to lubbock. mountain snow in colorado, wyoming and utah. showers from san francisco to seattle. >> it's going to be 60s in seattle and the pacific northwest and parts of the rockies. 74 in omaha. 66 in chicago. 61 in detroit. 50s and wet in new york and baltimore. and 80s from dallas to miami. they are stubby, snorty, and
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snugly as can be and they all gathered in one place to sfrut their stuff. >> we're not talking about vinita's class reunion. we're talking about the more than 1,200 pugs and owners who turned out at the annual milwaukee pugfest. billed as the largest festival of its kind. are these really pugs? we did one of these stories and it wasn't pugs we were showing. these are pugs, right? >> you know better than i. >> the events included costume contests, races, even a blessing of the pugs. >> all the hoopla was not just for show, proceeds go to pug rescue groups across the country. i always feel dogs dressed up is abuse. they don't like that. >> squished-in face, they're cutie pies. unlike the people at your class reunion. >> okay, enough of my class reunion. we'll be right back.
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a 23-year-old delaware man will be arraigned on academic fraud charges today in massachusetts. adam wheeler attended harvard university since 2007. turns out he was admitted after
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falsifying his records. the scheme surfaced when harvard investigated wheeler's applications for rods and fulbright scholarships. now he's facing 20 counts including larceny. investigators say he duped harvard out of $45,000 in financial aid. the supreme court answered a controversial question of what to do with sex offenders once they have served their time. in a 7-2 decision, any inmate considered sexually dangerous can be held even after a prison sentence ends. alex stone reports on the ruling and its impact. >> reporter: victims' a advocates say monday's supreme court ruling will help society protect itself from deviant sexual criminals while convicted sex offender john albert gardner, who raped and murdered two teenage girls in california after serving five years in prison for rape of a 13-year-old. >> this is for the worst of the worst, also for those offenders who are not just evil and criminally inclined, but are
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mentally defective. >> reporter: the court's 7-2 ruling upheld the adam walsh child protection and safety act that allowed the federal government to keep in prison sex offenders in jail even after their prison materials expire because they're considered too dangerous to release. the 2004 law was named after the young son of "america easily most wanted" host john walsh. adam walsh was murdered by a section offender. supreme court nominee elena kagan had a hand in monday's ruling. she argued the case in her current capacity as u.s. solicitor general. comparing housing sexually dangerous inmates to prisoners with dangerous diseases or illnesses. alex stone, abc news. >> you can see why it's such a controversial case. it's interesting, because in another decision the court said by a 5-4 vote, the young inmates serving life sentences must have a meaningful opportunity to obtain release if they have not killed other people. >> it's a tricky one. i've felt like if you do the crime, you do the time, your debt to society's paid, you shouldn't have to carry a
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scarlet letter. but these crimes are different. some even say, i'm dangerous, i should stay in jail. >> the cost to the states is unbelievable. >> it's tricky. families confronting the obesity epidemic one child at a time. >> the personal battle among american kids in search for slimmer solutions. you're watching "world news now."
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now to a health epidemic of growing proportions caused by the growing food portions of america's youth. >> one child of every three in america is considered obese. how can someone so young make changes that will save their life when they are older? here's john donvan. >> reporter: millions of american kids need to lose weight. this is the tale of two of them. and how they are trying. the little girl on long island, a little boy in tennessee. ♪
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>> reporter: long island is samantha stevens. she's only 4 years old and she knows what she likes. she likes miley cyrus. and puzzles. >> i did all the puzzle, mama. >> reporter: samantha really likes food. >> the monster. i want cookies. chocolate cookies. >> eventually i cave in. >> they're my favorites. i love them. >> reporter: samantha is at 54 pounds the biggest girl in her prekindergarten class. what does samantha like to eat? >> oh my goodness. >> everybody says oh my goodness. >> carbohydrate addict. >> reporter: just outside nashville, tennessee, nicholas reeves is a second grader. he is 7 years old. and already weighs 117 pounds. >> he's just hungry all the
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time. he can get finished eating a meal and five minutes later, he's coming in the kitchen saying, i'm hungry again, i'm hungry again. >> reporter: one in three kids across is country is now overweight or obese. >> we don't understand what a normal child looks like anymore. overweight has become the norm. >> okay, 52 1/2 pounds. >> reporter: nicholas gets his height measured. >> all right. 53 1/4 inches. >> reporter: so is samantha's. >> tall, tall, tall, tall, tall. >> reporter: these figures are used to calculate body mass index, bmi, the common measure doctors use to track obesity. samantha's bmi percentile is dangerously high. >> her body mass index is above the 97th percentile. samantha is obese. >> nicholas' weight is 117, the average kid his age weighs 55 pounds. >> reporter: nick's bmi is up there as well.
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>> greater than 95th percentile. the thing he's at risk for developing is diabetes. >> reporter: she's developed a kidd-friendly program, red light, green light, eat right. >> green light foods are go, yellow light foods are slow, red light foods are oh-oh. >> how do you get a 4-year-old to agree to stop at red? >> sometimes you're going to get a temper tantrum. that's just the way it goes. but after a while the kids learn, sometimes they can have those unhealthy foods and sometimes they can't. >> reporter: at the weight clinic in tennessee, nutrition is also a big emphasis. the team will create a roadmap specifically for nicholas. but before making any suggestions, they first have to figure out what is going on at home. >> we fix macaroni and cheese every night because usually that's the only thing he'll eat. >> reporter: samantha literally is now working out. and at the end of one month, again, real progress.
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her weight is the same but her height, she's grown one-quarter of an inch. at the next checkup, two weeks later -- >> 52 1/2, whoo-hoo! >> reporter: back in tennessee, nicholas is working on his new healthy goals. in the kitchen, angel is helping him with portion control. >> they showed nicholas how to look for serving size. so he knows exactly what a serving. >> reporter: she's introducing vegetables to snack on. >> he has learned that macaroni and cheese is not a vegetable. >> i'm going to get you! >> reporter: is it really fees interest for children so very young to stick to these routines? just the other day, it was time for the weigh-in for both kids. and for nick, not very encouraging results. over two months his bmi has gotten slightly worse. he has put on five pounds. and did not grow a single inch
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taller. >> he had hot done as well as i had hoped. it really is hard to lose weight. >> reporter: but the reeves are not disappointed. they have made changes. they are going to continue to work on. >> i know he is more healthy with the exercise and the food choices that he's making. i'm a very proud mom. >> 51 3/4. >> reporter: over six months, samantha's bmi is down. >> she's out of the obese cat gore. >> oh, that's wonderful. >> she's in the 93rd percentile. she did lose almost three pounds. that's the equivalent of an adult losing about 15 to 20 pounds. >> reporter: samantha still has a way to go. but the progress is encouraging. >> it's fantastic. it's exactly what i wanted to have happen. >> and that's for you. >> reporter: i'm john donvan on long island, new york. >> like i was saying, i was a heavy child. when i say that, people don't believe me. i was 5'4", 170. for me the solution was really walking. my dad used to make me go on a four-mile walk every night. he said, this is going to lead
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"world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> so, if i were to ask you what your dream trip would be, i can safely say this would not be it. >> okay. >> take a look at what three people said was their dream trip. that is a bouncy castle. these three people are basically doing a five-mile trip across -- excuse me, across lake garda. >> i think it looks fun. >> bizarre. >> jump up and down, play games, have a good time. >> it was a tailor-made red and yellow castle. they gate crash an international saling regatta. apparently they're the first such sailors to cross the lake on such a vessel. shockingly. i'm sure you method that happened once a week but it in
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fact doesn't. >> nobody thought of that before they did? i can't imagine why not. >> i imagine you'd feel sea sick, bouncing the whole time in addition to being on water. >> the water looked placid. you know. it looked all right. i'd do it. >> i would not do that. >> looks fun. this one deals with water too. not much to this story. these guys were going paint balling i guess you'd call it. they were in a hurry. they don't realize there's a lake in front of them. a river i guess it is. and so they slam on the brakes. they miss the river but they hit the boat. so they were left dangling 30 feet above the water and the guy said it was a lot more exciting than a paint ball game. but i wouldn't want to do it again. >> wow. >> that looks like a 007 movie there, doesn't it. >> to our next paper this morning. i feel like you and i aren't really selling the papers this morning. >> sell this one hard. >> this one's gross. >> this is really gross. talk about pizzas that people are dying to try. now you'll understand this joke.
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thank you, jeremy. basically, the fear is that in the ovens, the wood that's being used in this are from coffins dug up in the local cemetery. according to police in smaller, low-end pizza shops and bakeries these owners wanted to have cheap wood. and there is a whole series of like -- what am i trying to say -- >> cemeteries. >> cemeteries being burg angled. they think a gang might have set up a market for coffins and basically are selling the owners of these bakeries and pizzerias cheap wood. >> what happened to the bodies in the couffincoffins? >> i guess they ripped off the lid. there's no respect here for the body. >> i wonder if it does flavor the pizza dill. here in new york the big thing is like coal ovens. that gives it a distinct flavor. >> i don't want to know. >> i hate it when my cemetery gets burg angled, don't you? >> i thought you'd appreciate my word choice on that one. >> when things get burgled it
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coastal concerns. who's questioning bp's pollution solution in the gulf and the big move by the president to investigate the disaster. then, decision day. how tuesday's super tuesday primaries in a few states could reshape the political landscape. and harsh realities. kids from urban america venture into a notorious foreign slum. >> this is mind-blowing. compared to like the way i live. >> the lessons learned here, they'll take home. it's tuesday, may 18th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> i'm guessing kids from inner city chicago traveling to morocco. you think they have it bad here in america, eye-opening what goes on elsewhere in the world. >> fascinating how young people
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respond to realizing how good they have it. >> absolutely. we'll see some of that this half hour. happy tuesday to you. thanks for joining us, i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm vinita nair. the ripple effect from the gulf coast spill is being felt from washington to florida. the coast guard says 20 tar balls have been found off key west. they stopped short of saying they were from the oil spill. >> the white house is going to establish a presidential commission to look into the spill now. emily schmidt has more from washington. >> reporter: bp says there is less oil leaking into the gulf of mexico thanks to a tube siphoning 1,000 barrels a day to a tanker. one-fifth of what was leaking before. ger on live tv. that sucker refused to let go. the reporter was just getting into a story on migration when the televised chomp took place. forcing him to liberate the feisty red bird sooner than planned. >> yeah, albert has not been seen since. clearly not pleased with being used as a prop, a lesson to tv news reporters everywhere. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now." [ wom nine iron, it's almost tee-time...
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kids have both lived with adhd since their 7th birthdays. >> it is physically and emotionally exhausting. >> reporter: she believed genes played a big role. until the new study published in the journal "pediatrics" connected a pesticide commonly found in fruits and vegetables to the behavioral disorder. >> a combination of things always affect a child's behavior. so you definitely want to look into everything. >> reporter: researchers had made the link between adhd and pesticides in the past. but only in small farm communities. this is the first time the population at large has ever been tested. the study included more than 1,000 children ages 8 to 15 who were analyzed for pesticides in their urine. all the children who tested above average for the chemicals were twice as likely to have symptoms of adhd. some say more research is still needed. >> we need to do a study that measures pesticide exposure very early in life, and then follow the children over five or six or seven years. >> reporter: fruits to watch out
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for, peaches, strawberries and raspberries. which experts say consistently have the highest levels of pesticides. but pesticide manufacturers responded by saying the common chemical used on produce, when used according to the label, the epa has determined it to be safe. still, this mother isn't taking any chances and plans to follow the old adage, you are what you eat. in this case, organic. andrea canning, abc news, new york. >> while for some of those smaller fruits it would obviously be more difficult, one of the tips, if you are nervous you can peel the fruit. whatever you are doing. in case there was some pesticide, you get it off. >> i know people who do that anyway. just in case there's something bad on there. there's more information about adhd also in the health section of abcnews.com. you can dial that up and check it out. coming up, returning to one of our top stories this morning, the super tuesday primary. >> how voter attitudes in a few states, including those of the tea party movement, could immediately influence politics.
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today's super tuesday, the biggest day on the political calendar until the midterm elections come november. a handful of critical races will be decided. >> the outcome could immediately reset the political stage. abc news white house reporter karen traverse is in washington with a preview. good morning, karen. >> good morning, vinita and jeremy. >> for anyone who has been watching these races at all, there is decidedly an overall theme in the four races that will happen today. >> voter anger. that is the key thing to be looking for today in these critical races in three states. who are voters angry at? why are they angry? how angry are they? and i think if you boil it down, it really looks at anti-incumbency. people are upset about washington, people are upset about the white house, people are upset about democrats in power. what we're looking for today is how angry they are and how that manifests at the polls. >> anti-incumbency, that might not be a good thing in your home state of pennsylvania.
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the marquee race today involving senator arlen specter. been around about 30 years. switched parties last year after running five times as a republican. running against representative joe sestak. what are your impressions with that race? >> this race is a dead heat. polls are showing it is essentially neck and neck. this is after senator specter had a comfortable lead over the last couple of weeks. congressman joe sestak has been surging, now we're in this dead race. as you said, arlen specter switched parties last year. he did that because he was fearful he was going to lose in the republican primary. he switches over to the democrats, he's embraced by the white house, he's embraced by democrats in washington. that is not really working for him right now in pennsylvania. joe sestak has made that the centerpiece of his campaign. he's running a devastating ad in pennsylvania that says, by switching parties arlen specter has saved one job. his own. that seems to be coming through to voters there. arlen specter has a tough race on his hands today. >> as we were looking at those ads, we saw president bush. but of course there's another president very influential in terms of this race.
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what has he done, president obama that is, in order to help specter's chances of winning? >> president obama has been appearing a lot on television for arlen specter. he is in an ad the specter campaign is running nearly 20 times a day, according to governor rendell. where he won't be today, in pennsylvania. in fact, president obama's going to fly right over the state into ohio for an economy event there today. he is not going to do any campaigning for arlen specter. neither is joe biden, who was in philadelphia last night speaking at the university of pennsylvania's commencement. he did not make any campaign stops for arlen specter. it's interesting, the white house said he was going to have their full backing, it looks right now as if they've written this off and they don't want to have another loss on their hands. we've talked about this before. he went to virginia, he went to new jersey, he went to massachusetts, the democratic candidates lost in all those races. >> perhaps they're backing away from this race already. the senate race in kentucky key as well, what's at stake there? >> this is an interesting race we're looking at to see the power of the tea party movement. you have two people running to replace senator jim bunning
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who's retiring. rand paul versus essentially an establishment candidate, secretary of state there, backed by senator mitch mcconnell, the minority leader, backed by dick cheney. rand paul is backed by the tea partyers and sarah palin. this race tomorrow, today, if rand paul pulls this off, is going to be probably the most pivotal moment in the tea party movement. it shows they can have some power at the polls. >> what else can we expect in some of these primaries today? >> arkansas, democratic primary, senator blanche lincoln is getting a really tough race on her hands from a liberal running against her who has the power and the money of organized labor. another race in western pennsylvania, house special election to replace jack murtha, who passed away a couple of months ago. that race is interesting because republicans think if they can pull that off they might have a chance of pulling off the house in november. we'll be keeping an eye on that one as well. >> we'll be keeping an eye on all of them. thanks to karen traverse in washington. you're watching "world news
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and your free hoveround collapsible grabber. call the number on your screen. finally this half hour, many children growing up in american urban neighborhoods probably think life could not be worse. >> but a group of chicago kids traveled to morocco and discovered hope in a notorious slum there. miguel marquez has more. >> reporter: ten high school students from chicago visiting just about the last place on earth you'd expect. >> this is mind-blowing. compared to like the way i live, the way i know that poor people in chicago live?
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>> reporter: they are in casablanca's poorest slum called al hofra, arabic for the hole. how many families? how many homes? >> you have about 600 families here, about 6,000 people. >> reporter: al qaeda recruited suicide bombers from a neighborhood just like this. their attacks here over the last 10 years killed more than 50 people. as surprising as it may seem, these american students are learning something from this rough corner of the world. lessons they can apply back home. >> you see the energy that the children have and it makes me feel like, wow, why can't i do that in chicago? >> we were just inspired to focus on the neighborhood and start building up from there. >> reporter: they are learning from this man. >> this is a family. >> this is a typical house here? >> yeah. >> reporter: three years ago, bakram azza, whose day job is at the u.s. consulate here, started a program focussed on cause blanca's children. children. keeping them away from criminals
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and extremists. >> i feel that these people have been left out. they've sort of been excluded. >> reporter: today he helps 500 kids with everything from tutoring to health care, training young volunteers to recruit and mentor those in desperate poverty. now back home, the students keep in touch with their new moroccan friends by video conference. inspired. planning their own project. >> the first thing is the gang violence. we need to get an organization here in chicago to help us stop them, the violence here. >> i think there's plenty of places in need and that we can really make a difference in these places. >> reporter: their plan, tutoring and mentoring younger kids who need a little help. chicago, learning from its sister city half a world away. miguel marquez, abc news, casa blank character morocco. >> great program. definitely a different casablanca than we saw in the movie. the beautiful, mid-war country. >> i'm trying to think of the
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famous lines from casablanca. >> i thought it was frankly my dear i don't give a damn but i was wrong about that.
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pivotal primaries. the super tuesday elections in several states. today's votes put long-time lawmakers' futures on the line. presidential push. the investigation into the gulf oil spill ordered by the white house and the critics who question bp's big fix. and, the viral videos of youtube. >> the average viewer watches about -- almost 800 minutes a month. >> the website's big milestone. it's tuesday, may 18th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> of course, the latest youtube stars this oklahoma kid, greyson
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chance, who sang the lady gaga song. 16 million views on youtube. shows you the power of this five year old internet channel. now i just read record deal. >> we watched susan boyle, that taiwanese kid, now this kid. this is apparently the platform, post your kid. >> the power of youtube. we'll talk more about it this half hour. >> good morning and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. primary elections today are among the most closely watched races this political year. experts want to see if the anti-incumbent, anti-washington feeling translates into votes. >> the races are seen as a test of the tea party movement. linsey davis joins us with a preview. good morning. >> linsey. >> reporter: good morning, jeremy and vinita. this super tuesday is certainly a contentious one. voters from five states are heading to the polls and they're expected to send washington a message. nancy pelosi isn't on the ballot but she certainly looms large this super tuesday. >> who has the power to stop her? >> reporter: according to a recent poll, 69% of americans say they like president obama personally.
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the republicans are trying to capitalize on an anti-pelosi, anti-washington sentiment in their fight to take control of the house and senate. >> people just hate washington these days. >> reporter: traditionally, being an incumbent gives you an upper hand. but not this year. >> people wanted change a year and a half ago, a lot of them want change all over again, even if that means the exact opposite direction. >> reporter: in a battle for the senate seat in pennsylvania -- >> you don't vote for a change, you fight for a change. >> trying to keep my job to save thousands of jobs in pennsylvania. >> reporter: after 30 years in the senate, arlen specter is on the ropes. his opponent, congressman joe sestak, has jabbed him with an effective ad reminding democrats that specter spent 28 years as a republican senator before switching parties last year. >> my change in party will enable me to be re-elected. >> reporter: in arkansas, senator blanche lincoln is in a tough fight against lieutenant governor bill halter. >> he's got some $5 million in organized labor support, plus the support of the liberal so-called net roots.
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people that are very upset about how blanche lincoln has strayed from the obama agenda and has been a centrist, a moderate, they want a more liberal in there. >> reporter: in kentucky, minority leader mitch mcconnell's choice for the senate seat, trey grayson, is trailing in the polls to rand paul. rand paul is not only the son of the former libertarian presidential candidate ron paul, he's also considered a hero in the tea party movement. jeremy and vinita? >> all right, linsey davis, thanks to you. just how strong is the anti-incumbent bias among voters. chief political correspondent george stephanopoulos says current office holders may feel a bit endangered today. >> fewer than one in three voters are inclined to re-elect their incumbent this year. that's as low as it's been in 20 years. they see politicians taking care of the powerful, taking care of the insiders. they're saying, what are they doing for us? >> the polls in most of today's hotly contested races close between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. eastern. for the first time since late february, there has been a
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major attack in afghanistan's capital kabul. the taliban has taken responsibility for this morning's suicide car bombing that killed at least a dozen people according to government officials. the blast took place close to several afghan government buildings. it's believed the target was u.s. or nato vehicles. the gulf oil disaster claimed its first political casualty in washington. chris oynes who oversees offshore oil programs at the federal minerals management service is retiring at the end of may. the president recently criticized agencies that are too cozy with the oil industry. oynes announced his resignation on monday. the coast guard says 20 tar balls have been found off key west, florida. the tests must confirm if it came from the spilled oil hundreds of miles away. critics are questioning bp's work to stop the leaking oil as ryan owens reports. >> reporter: bp still can't stop this gushing pipe but the company says they have at least slowed it. >> we're very encouraged by this. but this doesn't stop the flow, it attempts to capture it. >> reporter: the breakthrough came this weekend when
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underwater robots finally managed to stick a narrow four-inch tube into that much larger 21-inch pipe spewing oil into the gulf. the tube is acting as a straw, siphoning the oil up a mile-long pipe to a ship on the surface. bp says over time, they may be able to stop up to 80% of the oil. critics call that wildly optimistic. >> i don't think it's realistic that they're going to get a significant fraction of the leak into the containment vessel. >> reporter: bp has surrounded the straw with a series of rubber stoppers designed to create a seal. a temporary fix greeted with skepticism on the idle docks of south louisiana. >> a little four-inch pipe or whatever it is not going to do it. >> reporter: it may have to do for now. bp's next hope, nicknamed the top kill, where concrete and mud is shot into the leak, won't be ready until the end of the week. bp started drilling a second relief well. the first won't be done for two
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months. for those who call the gulf coast home, that feels like nothing short of an eternity. ryan owens, abc news, venice, louisiana. the last of the american missionaries held in haiti is going home this morning. laura silsby, the group's organizer, was found guilty but sentenced to time already served. silsby, along with nine other missionaries, had been accused of illegally trying to smuggle children out of haiti after that earthquake back in january. she is due to return to her idaho hometown tomorrow. the mothers of three american hikers held in iran leave today for tehran where they plan to visit their children in prison. the women say they're overjoyed at the possibility of being able to once again hug their children but they're worried about returning to the u.s. without them. shane bauer, sarah shourd, and josh fattal have been held in iran since their arrests last july near the iraqi border. a pennsylvania mother is calling her son a hero this morning. it seems she has every right. 8-year-old nathan was on
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vacation in south carolina with his family friday. that's when a machine apparently tried to kidnap his 4-year-old sister josie. nathan chased after the man, eventually freed josie, then had the foresight to scratch him. >> why did you scratch him? >> to get dna. >> how did you know about dna? what's dna? >> dna is something that you get to get someone to jail that did something that they shouldn't have. >> and continued to hit, kick, punch, bite, scratch. anything and everything he could think of to get her free. and to save her. >> wow. nathan often watches crime shows with his father, so that is how he knew about the dna. police in south carolina hope to make an arrest if they can match that dna. >> all that "csi" finally paid off. the "atlantis" astronauts take another space walk outside the international space station today. their space walk yesterday took more than seven hours. things got complicated when a brief power outage knocked out camera views of the astronauts as they installed an antenna. about 15 minutes later power was restored.
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nasa says the crew was never in any kind of danger. back here on earth, federal forecasters say we have had the hottest april on record. the worldwide average temperature for the month was 58.1 degrees. furthermore the planet's average temperature from january to april was 56 degrees. that is the warmest ever recorded for that period. scientists say it is caused in part by el nino, a periodic warming of the tropical pacific ocean. here's a look at your tuesday forecast. severe weather from west texas to denver. mountain snow in the rockies. showers from northern california to seattle. snow high in the cascades. thunderstorms from houston to new orleans and miami. rain for much of the east coast. >> wet 57 in new york. 58 in baltimore. 82 in atlanta. 60s in detroit and chicago. 77 for the twin cities. 80 in billings. and 60s from portland all the way down to colorado springs. most 6-year-olds already know how to count but it is a pretty big deal for this one in southern california. >> this 6-year-old is a dog. sidney, the australian shepherd,
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can count from 1 to 10. her owner calls out a random number, sidney barks that many times. she gets it right every time. >> sidney is about to try her hand at colors next. her owner wants to teach her the difference between blue, white and green frisbees. she's 42 really so she should have gotten it by now. >> we'll be right back. assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little to no cost to you. stay tuned for this important medicare benefit information and free scooter guarantee. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ...
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iceland that shut them down over the weekend. speaking of all that volcanic ash, 30 years ago today mount st. helens erupted in washington state, spewing ash worldwide. >> back then flight safety wasn't the main concern, it was human life and the ecological destruction. the abc news vault takes us back to may 15th, 1980. >> from abc, this is "world news tonight." >> the death toll at mount st. helens now stands at five with at least 21 others missing and feared dead. the final death toll may take some time because thick mud from the volcano has buried everything in its path and is preventing rescuers for searching for victims on foot. by the same token, damage estimates at this time are only a guess. we have a report from tom shell. >> reporter: this is how mount st. helens looked two days before it began erupting march 27th. a volcano that has been sleeping for 123 years. this is mount st. helens today.
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after yesterday's massive eruption that blew away 1,200 feet of the top. the thundering explosion was heard 200 miles away and sent tons of mud and molten glass tumbling into the river. four separate walls of water swept downstream, wiping out scores of homes and some lumber camps. today the floodwaters are receding and exposing much of the damage that was hidden by the high waters. near the mouth of the river, a strange phenomenon appeared this afternoon. it appears to be a steam vent that keeps the water roiling. national guard and air force helicopters are flying search patterns along the valley, looking for the more than 20 persons listed as missing. one of those is 83-year-old harry truman, caretaker of the spirit lake lodge on the mountain. truman rejected repeated warnings to get out. the lodge is reported buried under tons of mud. even as the search continues people are still getting into trouble. this afternoon, this pickup truck was driven into mud that covers the highway along the river. that's a minor problem.
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all along the riverbed trucks and cars were tossed aside like worn-out toys. this was once a major logging camp. homes and summer cottages that owners believed were safely tucked back in the forest that lines the river were crushed by the walls of water that hit with almost no warning. mount st. helens is still spewing steam and ash and the ash continues to spread to the east. these are satellite photos. computer-enhanced. pictures taken yesterday show a large gray area within the state of washington. it is volcanic ash. as the cloud spreads to the east, it cools and gets lighter in color. today's satellite photo shows how far the cloud has spread. the large gray area extends through montana. this is how it looked in yakima, washington, at noon yesterday. the street lights came on automatically and many cars stalled when ash clogged carburetors. in yakima today officials said there is no special health hazard because it is volcanic
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ash, but people will still have some problems. >> main problems have been irritation of the nose and throat and coughing and sneezing. that is a normal physiologic reaction to any kind of dust in the air. >> reporter: mount st. helens is relatively quiet tonight. but still has scientists guessing as to what she'll do next. tom shell, abc news, mount st. helens, washington. >> a huge cloud of ash from the volcano is expected to sweep across the country over the next few days and have some effect on the nation's weather. one possibility is dirty rain. another is brilliant sunrises and sunsets if the weather beneath the cloud is clear. scientists say the ash could also have an impact on world weather patterns because the finer particles have been blown into the stratosphere by upper-level winds and could circle the globe for years. one possible result incidentally, a slight cooling in the northern hemisphere if the ash collects around the north pole. >> a look back at mount st. helens eruption coverage from 30 years ago today. they profiled that guy harry
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truman, the inn owner who had been warned like so many others weeks ahead of time to get out of there and he didn't. 57 people died when mount st. helens erupted. 150 square miles of trees destroyed, thousands of animals too. >> it is easy to make that comparison between what was happening then and what's happening with iceland. keep in mind, that one was 15 days worth of all of that ash and air circling the globe. this one continues to go on with flights constantly being canceled. >> i remember being a kid finding ash hundreds of miles away in kansas and colorado. >> oh, wow. >> it traveled that far. coming up, imagine this. funny man jason alexander. you know, costanza. in spandex. >> i can't wait to see this. >> it's funny. pictures of the newly crowned miss usa i can safely say she does not want you to see. next in "the skinny."
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yesterday we told you about rima fakih, the new miss usa crowned just 24 hours ago. a little more than that. well, it turns out she had another honor about three years ago that was a bit more tawdry than miss usa. she won a pole dancing contest back in 2007 that was put on by a detroit morning radio show, mojo in the morning. of course the pictures are out there, you can't hide this stuff. series of pictures on the radio show's website. fakih seen provocatively working her way up and down a stripper pole while wearing that tank top, shorts and a pair of high heels as well. no nudity but a stripper pole. winning the contest she won bounty. jewelry, gift cards, adult toys and a stripper pole for home use. who knew. >> sounds like she doesn't need to practice at all. >> according to the radio show, producers have been contacted by
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miss universe representatives. they want to see additional photographs and they want more information. i'm sure donald trump's very forgiving, we've seen that in the past, so i'm sure there will be no long-term ramifications. a bit of trivia about miss usa. >> i will say in her defense, she is fully clothed. it as scandalous event but she's fully clothed. >> she's wearing all those clothes. much to the chagrin of the crowd gathered i'm sure. >> we watched her trip, at least we know for a fact that she won this, she was not tripping. >> she tripped yesterday and she's tripping out today after seeing these. >> let's talk about jason alexander. there's really no setup here needed. take a look at him in spandex these days. ♪ take a look drink it in i was fat now i'm thin ♪ >> yowza. >> he looks great. >> he was 198 pounds when he started on jenny craig, now he is 168 pounds. he said that whole concept of "the full monty" was all his
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. lawmakers and anti-government protesters in thailand have agreed to negotiate to end the deadly unrest in bangkok. the protests have been going on now for several days. a 23-year-old man accused of scamming his way into harvard university appears in court in boston today. adam wheeler faces at least 20 counts, including fraud and larceny. and, president obama takes his latest message about jobs, the economy, and the real estate market to youngstown, ohio, today. finally from us this half hour, a salute to youtube on its five-year anniversary. from laughing babies to musical sensations, even political revolutions. they at youtube have seen it all. >> the website claims 2 billion
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viewers a day. mark mullen looked at why the world is glued to youtube. >> we first started, it was just trying to share these clips with one another. >> reporter: youtube celebrated its fifth birthday, how else, with a video marking the company's milestones which included salutes from celebrities like conan o'brien. >> we're all watching monkeys in propeller hats flush themselves down a toilet. >> reporter: sometimes a baby biting his big brother. funny videos aside, there's little debate that youtube, once a garage startup, later bought by google for $1.6 billion in 2006, is now a pop culture phenomenon with videos watched 2 billion times daily. >> the average viewer watches about almost 800 minutes a month. >> reporter: a phenomenon that has launched careers. ♪ i dreamed a dream >> reporter: susan boyle recorded 2009's best-selling
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album after her talent show song went viral. justin bieber rose to stardom after his mom posted homemade videos online. youtube has carried more serious messages. iranian protesters used the social media site to bypass government censors. >> i told the truth. >> reporter: michael jackson's doctor defended himself against wrongdoing in the singer's death. >> you have to go to the hospital and pay for it out of his own pocket -- >> reporter: much of youtube's popularity has been the ability of everyday folks to rant and rave about whatever suits them. but will that make money for youtube? perhaps not so youtube is increasingly moving toward advertiser-friendly content, hoping hollywood will eventually see it as a place to show movies and not just pet tricks. mark mullen for abc news. >> you remember what the first clip ever was. we covered it. >> no, i don't remember. >> in case you might have forgotten, it was some guy at the zoo, all he did was walk around the zoo talking about the long trunks of elephants. that's it. >> it's the ultimate time-waster, isn't it? it really is. the most-watched video on
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youtube ever? >> not that anymore? >> not that one. lady gaga, "bad romance." 180 million views.
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